Guarnaschelli

Alex Guarnaschelli

Chopped

Biography

As the daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, Alex spent her childhood surrounded by food.  Guarnaschelli learned to eat according to whatever book her mother was working on: one year was Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni; another year was Italian with The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

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As the daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, Alex spent her childhood surrounded by food.  Guarnaschelli learned to eat according to whatever book her mother was working on: one year was Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni; another year was Italian with The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

After graduating from Barnard College, she began working for acclaimed American chef Larry Forgione. She then moved to France to do a work-study at La Varenne in Burgundy and on to Paris for four day stage at the Michelin three-star restaurant Guy Savoy. Four days turned into over four years. Guarnaschelli also worked as sous chef at La Butte Chaillot, another Savoy establishment.

Guarnaschelli returned to New York and joined Daniel Boulud at restaurant Daniel, where she soon became sous chef at the Manhattan standard. Guarnaschelli then moved to Los Angeles for two years as sous chef at Joachim Splichal’s Patina restaurant in West Hollywood.

In 2003, Guarnaschelli became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant, where she creates her own American and green market-inspired menu. She also presides over the wine list which has won a Wine Spectator Award five years straight.  Guarnaschelli also taught at Institute of Culinary Education for 6 years and is a member of their Advisory Council.

Guarnaschelli has many national television appearances: The Today Show, CBS Morning Show and The Rachael Ray Show.  She has been featured in The New York Times, Elle, New York, Time Out New York, People.

Guarnaschelli completed 3 seasons of  “Alex’s Day Off”, a show produced by Bobby Flay, airing on Cooking Channel. She also is a regular judge on the primetime shows “Chopped” and The Next Iron Chef and is a regular contributor to The Best Thing I Ever Made. This fall, she is slated to appear in “Next Iron Chef” – Redemption”.

Guarnaschelli is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Chef’s Collaborative and Les Dames d’Escoffier.  She works to help a number of charities, especially City Harvest, Wellness in the Schools, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and SHARE.

Guarnaschelli has also contributed writing to Saveur, Wine Enthusiast, Food and Wine Magazine and Food Network Magazine. Her first cook book will come out in the Fall of 2013, published by Clarkson Potter.

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Favorite Event

Dinner with Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael White part of the Air France Dinner Series

Thu, Oct 14

7:00 PM

Intimate Dinners,